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From Tokyopop:

After 150 years of terraforming, Aqua, the planet formerly known as Mars, now has over 90% of its surface covered by water. A young girl named Akari Mizunashi arrives at the city of Neo-Venezia, an exact replica of the old Italian city of Venice, hoping to become an Undine, the most coveted job on Aqua. Follow Akari's adventures as she discovers the wonders of Aria in this prequel to the popular Aria anime and manga series.


Related Series
Aria (Sequel)

Associated Names
オセロゲーム -EBONY & IVORY-

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Latest Release(s)
v.2 c.4koma by Nojay over 2 years ago
v.1 c.4koma by Nojay over 2 years ago
v.2 c.Othello Game by Oishii-Manga Scanlations over 10 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
2 Volumes (Complete)

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Anime Start/End Chapter

User Reviews


User Rating
Average: 8.4 / 10.0 (477 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.28 / 10.0
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Last Updated
July 29th 2016, 1:43pm PST



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Original Publisher
Mag Garden (2003 Re-print)

Serialized In (magazine)
Stencil (Enix)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
TokyoPop (2 Volumes - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #487 increased(+190)
Monthly Pos #1423 increased(+35)
3 Month Pos #2137 increased(+254)
6 Month Pos #2924 increased(+357)
Year Pos #3433 increased(+927)

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On 259 reading lists
On 573 wish lists
On 1164 completed lists
On 22 unfinished lists
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Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by wansmor
December 1st, 2014, 11:50pm
I can't really say much about Aqua. There are no intricating plot, no disastrous events, no saving the world action, no war, only peaceful life on a terraformed planet called Aqua. But it's enjoyable in it's simplicity.

This series is great because it delivers stories about life itself. It's a story about friendship, about dreams, and about relationship between people. The pace was slow yet steady. It let me to think about my life while enjoying the great view of Aqua.

For you who only know 'Aqua' from the anime, this manga contains the events that lead to those in Aria. If you enjoy Aria, you will also love this.

... Last updated on March 7th, 2016, 2:56am
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Liked it♥   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by ~*Tsubaki*~
September 11th, 2014, 9:08am
I remember really loving its slowpace and calm setting and story. (Same for Aria)
It's a nice read if you want to calm down. It gives you the feeling that life is nice.

I would recomend it to read little by little when you have the time. Because of it's episodic nature.
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Just awesome   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Meijinification
May 16th, 2011, 12:24pm
There are just a few things to mention about "Aqua" ... The manga on the whole - absolutely splendid. Nice drawings, slice of life story is top-notch, not too text-heavy. I can give a recommendation for everyone.
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Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by liquidsin
February 10th, 2011, 10:14pm
It's hard not to feel sleepy after reading this. Everything about it is calm, relaxing, and tranquil... tranquil like resting in the shade of a hot summer day. Time flows on, not in a bad way though, and you get to enjoy the little things as the story slowly unfolds.
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Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Selenium_Glow
August 16th, 2010, 12:09pm
The ending felt incomplete, but then Aria completes it and completes it in a way that makes it a classic for me. This Prequel to one of my highest rated manga is good. smile
Yes, Aria is better, but this is great too smile

Man... I can't stop smiling ^____^
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Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by akari_mizunashi
June 28th, 2010, 9:18am
But not nearly as nice as Aria.
Aria has its weaknesses. It can be corny, the human anatomy is often fairly bad, and it slips into moe just a little too often.
Aqua has all those things, but multiplied many times.
It's a lovely little series, but I'm glad Amano improved in time for Aria.
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Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by shinbei42
April 2nd, 2009, 7:38pm
A nice and calming manga.
Nice characters.
Doesn't have much of a plot/story (nothing really *BIG* happens) but it adds to the charm. This is sweet manga.
I recommend it esp. to people who want a change of pace in their read.
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Rating: 8.6 / 10.0
by NightSwan
February 7th, 2009, 5:23am
I had a feeling of "not quite there yet" while reading it.
Aqua is very peacfull, and relaxing. That's what finally drew me in to read it.
The art is very nice as well, but sometimes looks a little awkwards with hands and such.
The scenes that greatly excited the characters, didn't have the same effect on me, and were mostly just pretty.
The characters are simple and sweet.
I liked aqua, but I do hope Aria would give a better emotion transmiting via landscapes.

All in all, I enjoyed it^^
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One of the best... ever!!!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by zeds
May 11th, 2008, 11:18am
A touching story, that makes you feel relaxed-and sometimes a bit frustratedsmile
You can see and feel how the characters grow, and at the same time you'll grow fond of them! :-)
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by xxanime_junkyxx
September 3rd, 2007, 1:46pm
the artwork in this manga is just so stunning! there are those random shots that they give and the detail that they put into it, not to mention how beautiful the cover for volume 1 was and they had a pic of akira in a green background (thats my new desktop XD)....the story is just so relaxing and easygoing, all the stories are funny and there's enough fantasy inspiration here to make you dream of a totally different's like a fairytale =) honestly read this, if you don't feel a bubbly feeling after you read it, something's wrong with you..its only two volumes =)
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